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    • The Sex Lives of Cannibals

    • Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
    • By: J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,111
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 750

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HILARIOUS

    • By Elizabeth on 08-17-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Getting Stoned with the Savages

    • A Trip through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu
    • By: J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350

    After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, Troost was in no hurry to return to the South Pacific until he began to feel remarkably out of place in modern America. He knew it was time to set off again for parts unknown. Here he tells the story of his time on Vanuatu, a cluster of islands where he struggles against typhoons, earthquakes, and giant centipedes but finds himself swept up in the laid-back, clothing-optional lifestyle of the islanders.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My new favorite author!

    • By L. Worthington on 08-28-07

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Lost on Planet China

    • By: J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 660
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 426
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 427

    When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Funny but harsh with some underlying truth.

    • By Dan on 09-25-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Worst Journey in the World

    • By: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 440
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296

    This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • worst journey in the world

    • By ellen on 01-11-09

    Regular price: $28.00

    • China Road

    • A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
    • By: Rob Gifford
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 566
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing book

    • By Anonymous User on 10-20-07
    • A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
    • By: Rob Gifford
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 05-18-07
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 566 ratings

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Headhunters on My Doorstep

    • A True Treasure Island Ghost Story
    • By: J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 217

    Entertainment Weekly calls acclaimed author and essayist J. Maarten Troost a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion". Both witty and poignant, Headhunters on My Doorstep follows Troost as he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson’s path through the South Pacific. Somewhere between AA meetings in Tahiti and discovering how the Island of Merrymaking got its name, Troost reconnects with himself, his family, and the beauty of life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great South Pacific Book from Mr. Troost

    • By Michael on 08-29-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Goshawk

    • By: T. H. White
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    The predecessor to Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk, T. H. White's nature-writing classic, The Goshawk, asks the age-old question: What is it that binds human beings to other animals? White, author of The Once and Future King and Mistress Masham's Repose, was a young writer who found himself rifling through old handbooks of falconry.

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Venice

    • Pure City
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    The Venetians' language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This latest work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its listeners to that sensual and surprising city. His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Repeats himself A LOT...

    • By Kellie on 04-25-11

    Regular price: $24.49

    • In an Antique Land

    • History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale
    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Once upon a time an Indian writer name Amitav Ghosh set out to find an Indian slave, name unknown, who some 700 years before had traveled to the Middle East. The journey took him to a small village in Egypt, where medieval customs coexist with 20th-century desires and discontents. But even as Ghosh sought to re-create the life of his Indian predecessor, he found himself immersed in those of his modern Egyptian neighbors.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mixed Worlds

    • By Roger on 10-26-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Golden Warrior

    • The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
    • By: Lawrence James
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 4

    During the 1920s, T. E. Lawrence gained global attention, both for his involvement in the Middle Eastern anti-imperialist movement, and for his vivid and sensational writings about his experiences. Despite the passage of many years and the emergence of a whole new set of problems in the Middle East, and fuelled by the success of the hit movie Lawrence of Arabia, the T. E. Lawrence mystique continues to fascinate. Controversial and provocative, this revised and updated edition of Lawrence James's acclaimed biography penetrates and overturns the mythology that surrounds T. E. Lawrence. James traces the sometimes spurious Lawrence legend back to its truthful roots, yet remains dispassionate and generous in spirit throughout. The Golden Warrior presents readers with a fascinating study of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable figures.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • It gets better at the end

    • By Sharman on 03-12-13

    Regular price: $29.95